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Polish Films at LIAF 2011 (26th August – 4th September)

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

London International Animation Festival is coming back to town! The 8th edition of the event, that is said to be the biggest of its kind in the UK, is moving to a new venue this year (which is our beloved Barbican). The festival programme sounds exciting for quite a number of reasons but let me mention here only one: Polish animation! Yeay!… 🙂

Yep, as announced on LIAF website, we’ll be able to see what’s best in the latest Polish animation and by the latest I’d say I mean the first decade of 21st century. Some of the films have been mentioned on Frogs and Squash, so there is a chance you already got the feeling. Among others, there are such jewels as Dokumanimo by Malgorzata Bosek (2007), Gallery by Robert Proch (2009), Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow (2010), Danny Boy by Marek Skrobecki (2010), Millhaven by Bartek Kulas (2010) or The Lost Town of Switez by Kamil Polak (2010).  For full details of the two sets of films, go to: Focus on Poland 1 and Focus on Poland 2.

Another exciting thing in the programme is 2 master classes that are supposed to be led by (one of my faves, I must admit) Wojtek Wawszczyk. For details, again, follow the link: Wojtek Wawszczyk Master Class 1 & 2. These will be followed by George the Hedgehog screening (Wojtek’s latest feature) and Q&A with the director.

Also, there is a few Polish productions in the competition!

For info I refer you to the LIAF website. All bookings to be made through Barbican website.


Mouse by Wojtek Wawszczyk (2001) plus a few words on being an animator in Poland

June 2, 2011 3 comments

I think Wojtek Wawszczyk is one of those animators on Polish scene who has proved both: his artistry and professionalism and in my eyes, as a viewer of his films, he doesn’t really have to prove it anymore. Hm.. that doesn’t sound good, does it? Well, I basically mean that he’s NOT as good as his last film as for some reason Wawszczyk’s name carries for me the whole package and even if any of his projects occurs to be weaker, it doesn’t make much difference to the way I see him as an artist.

There is a good book giving an insight in current situation in Polish animation, however it was published (as far as I am aware) only in Poland. It’s called 24 Frames per Second. Talks on Animation (24 klatki na sekunde. Rozmowy o animacji, 2009) and contains interviews carried out by Mariusz Frukacz with 21 fairly young Polish animators. For each interview the starting point seems to be each artist’s art plus the way he / she sees his / her artistic situation and circumstances in Poland. Conclusions are interesting but, here, I want to focus only on one aspect.

The aspect: If you want to be an animator in Poland, you can choose from the following options: 1. do commercial animation and perhaps loose your dignity as a former artist; 2. do artistic animation and do not make a penny out of it; or 3. do a bit of both and make descent money from / to fulfill your artistic ambitions. I can imagine that in many countries the situation looks somewhat similar. And I’m not even sure if, generally speaking, there are any other scenarios possible for a career as an animator. If you think of any other, feel free to let me know…

Anyway, getting back to Wawszczyk – he seems to be very much number 3. He has decent education from both Lodz Film School and the one in Ludwigsburg, Germany (for those who don’t know and also to simplify the subject as much as possible, it means he learnt classical  animation in Poland and 3D in Germany). He has good professional experience gained e.g. in Germany, USA, India, and now Poland. He makes good (technique-wise but also subject-wise) animated films that are watched by audiences with pleasure. And I think the latter places him in the same league as Tomasz Baginski.

For more information on Wojtek Wawszczyk, visit his website: It is bilingual to make the access easier to other nations. You can also view quite a number of his films there.

And here comes the Mouse which is his last student film from 2001 (so we are pretty much getting back to the roots now). Enjoy! 🙂

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